MLK Day events in Mississippi

MSU will host former State Rep. Tyrone Ellis during the university’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Breakfast the program begins at 9 a.m. after an 8 a.m. complimentary breakfast. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and seating will be available on a first-come, first served basis. The event will take place at The Mill at MSU Conference Center in Starkville. In addition to welcoming remarks by MSU President Mark E. Keenum, the program will include a performance by the campus’s Black Voices Gospel Choir.

After the program, MSU’s Maroon Volunteer Center, in coordination with Volunteer Starkville, will begin the MLK Jr. Day of Service activities. Volunteer opportunities are available at, Camp Seminole, Christian Women’s Job Corps, Christian World Missions, District Five Volunteer Fire Department, Habitat for Humanity Resale Store, J.L. King Community Center, Ms. Smith’s Educational Services, MSU Community Garden, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum, Palmer Home for Children and Palmer Home Thrift Stores, Starkville Boys and Girls Club, and Starkville Parks and Recreation.

MLK50’ started over the weekend with parades and concerts marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The Monday parade, which begins at 11 a.m., begins on 26th Avenue, turns left on 19th Street, right onto 38th Avenue, continues onto Terrace Drive and ends at Milner Stadium in Gulfport.